Become a Public Safety Officer
Whether you’ve been considering a career in the public safety field for years, or if you’re brand new to the idea, you likely already know that the community you serve is integral to your long-term career happiness. Glencoe isn’t just a great place to work - it’s consistently rated one of the best communities to live and raise a family. We invite you to learn more about our community, the Public Safety Department and the unique role played by a Glencoe Public Safety Officer (PSO) by clicking through the pages listed below.
Diversity, equity and inclusion are critical to the Village’s success. The Village is committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive workforce in which all employees are valued, respected and have a sense of belonging. The Village is proud to have a diverse workforce in which all individuals are celebrated.
Applications for the entry-level Public Safety Officer examination are not being accepted at this time. We invite you to register your e-mail address to receive news from the department, including upcoming testing dates and position openings, sent right to your inbox.
Lateral Hiring Process (for experienced Illinois police officers)
Looking to expand your law enforcement career as a Glencoe Public Safety Officer? Experienced police officers interested in joining a dynamic department and gaining new public safety skills can apply to be a Public Safety Officer through the lateral hire application process. Individuals hired as Public Safety Officers will build on their skills as law enforcement officers by becoming certified firefighters and emergency medical technicians, serving the community in all aspects of public safety.
Starting Salary: $79,335-$91,030 depending on qualifications, plus great benefits including generous paid time off, Glencoe Police Pension Fund, excellent health insurance and more!
Qualifications: Lateral hire applicants must meet all of the following qualifications, pursuant to the Glencoe Public Safety Commission Rules and Regulations:
- U.S. citizen at the time of application
- Certified Illinois law enforcement officer (completion of the Minimum Basic Standards Law Enforcement Training Course, as provided in the Illinois Police Training Act)
- Prior work experience as a full-time police officer for at least 24 months in another law enforcement agency
- High school diploma or General Education Degree
- Completion of at least two years of college studies – equaling an associate’s degree or 60 hours of college credit – from a junior college, college or university accredited by a nationally recognized accreditation agency
- Completion of POWER test no earlier than six months prior to the date of application
- Ability to speak and understand the English language sufficiently to discharge the duties of Public Safety Officer
The lateral hire application process includes:
- Initial interview with the Glencoe Public Safety Commission
- Preference points
- Polygraph examination
- Background check
- Final interview with the Glencoe Public Safety Commission
- Psychological examination
- Physical examination and drug screen
The Public Safety Department was established in 1954 when the Village combined the Police and Fire departments into one single, cross-trained department. Today, the Public Safety Department has 36 sworn officers (from entry-level Public Safety Officer to the chief) who are cross-trained as certified police officers, firefighters and medical first responders. The department has 42 full-time employees including the command staff, Lieutenants, Public Safety Officers and civilian positions.
- Police Division: Uniformed patrol, traffic enforcement, criminal investigations, youth services, parking control, specialized inter-jurisdictional task force participation, public education
- Fire Division: Fire suppression, fire prevention, fire inspections, hazardous material response, public education
- EMS Division: Advanced Life Support (ALS) and Basic Life Support (BLS) emergency medical services, public education